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An Archaeology of SympathyThe Sentimental Mode in Literature and Cinema$
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James Chandler

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226034959

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226035000.001.0001

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Capra's America

Capra's America

(p.46) One Capra's America
An Archaeology of Sympathy

James Chandler

University of Chicago Press

This chapter discusses the films of Frank Capra, including Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) and It's a Wonderful Life (1946); how Capra appeared to realize the long-term significance of television sooner than many directors of his generation; the preoccupation with the Capraesque in the cinema of the 1990s; the publication in 1971 of Capra's autobiography, The Name above the Title; and the link between Capra's claim to auteurism and the issue of his sentimentality.

Keywords:   Frank Capra, films, Capraesque, auteurism, sentimentality

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